Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Temptress Does the Atlantic - Day 7

After monsoon like rain at intervals during the night which found it's way
inside everyone's oilies except Joe's as he didn't bring his, on Tuesday
morning the sun came out. Smoother more rolling seas and lighter less gusty
winds foretold of a change in the weather, less English Channel and more
Tropical. Finally we could look forward to a day of true trade wind sailing
in shorts and t-shirts. It's been two weeks since we left Gran Canaria.

Before breakfast we gybed onto a port tack heading more south westerly on
260 degrees. Still under jib only but during the day it was gradually
unfurled bit by bit though not in its entirety. Tomorrow we may even put the
main up again. An important milestone was reached just after lunch - the
ships log (measuring the distance Temptress has travelled through the water)
reached 999 nautical miles and, as the display can only fit three digits the
crew watched with baited breath to see what next.... drum roll..... 0.00 -
meaning the Naviguesser now has to add 1000 to every logbook entry and
guessing the same thing will happen in a thousand more miles. We celebrated
the milestone in our own inimitable way by drinking today's ration of
Tropical. Today's noon to noon run wasn't great at 157nm, hoping for better
things tomorrow which will be a 25 hour day as we crossed into the next time
zone over night and changed the clocks to UT-3 in the afternoon.

I spent the morning restocking the galley lockers from the ships stores -
salt, sugar, sweetie, cornflakes and biscuit containers all needed topping
up. We are down to our last five packs of Bimbo Thins and one loaf and the
Carrefour shopping bag that has been acting as an overflow breadbin for the
last two weeks has finally been emptied. A batch of yoghurt was put onto
brew and promptly forgotten about until bed time so it is a bit runny but
will still be welcome for tomorrows breakfast with the last of our mangoes I
expect. Supper was a very traditional English sausages and mash with onion
gravy and, a bonus, some frozen peas we'd forgotten about.

Paul been maintaining that once Temptress reaches halfway the weather will
become more Caribbean like (which we are hoping todays warmth is) and we'll
be in shorts and t-shirts at night. Considering last night even oilies
weren't sufficient to keep out the torrents we have been dubious but this is
his third crossing so we bow to his greater experience. Meanwhile in another
strand of on-board conversation the Dubai taxi drivers use of the word
"backside" in relation to locations came up as in "I'll drop you at the
backside of the mall madam". Two and two do not always add up to sanity at following this logic currently the Caribbean is on the backside of
the ocean and we are on the front side but apparently tomorrow when we
cross the halfway mark Temptress and the Caribbean will be on the front side
and Africa on the backside. Will there be a painted line dividing the East
Atlantic from the West or a sign post pointing the way to the Americas? All
well on-board if temporarily a little insane.

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